Why would a quiet professor of mathematics at the College of Charleston decide to run for the highest office in the state of South Carolina?
Because it was against the law for him to do so.
Herb Silverman set out on what became an eight year ordeal to change the fact that, in South Carolina, an atheist could not hold any public office from the elected position of governor down to a state commissioned notary public. This candidate without a prayer succeeded in overturning South Carolina’s offensive and discriminating constitutional provision through appeal all the way to the state’s supreme court. His autobiography and activist story, Candidate without a Prayer, goes on sale June 2012. However, on Saturday, the Central North Carolina Atheists and Humanists arranged a book signing hosted by the City Center Gallery and Book Store where Herb talked about his difficult, but often humorous, experience. Advance copies of his book are still available at the City Center Gallery and Book Store for anyone who missed this opportunity to meet the former gubernatorial candidate from South Carolina.